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Cythera

I am delighted to announce that my erotic science fiction novel Cythera has been acquired by Supposed Crimes press! Supposed Crimes focuses on lesbian and bisexual erotica with strong female characters -- so I think it will be a wonderful fit for Cythera!

Cythera is a sacred courtesan, one of the fabulous Adepts of Menaechmi, famed through the Nine Worlds for their opulent beauty and decadence. However, when a fragile peace treaty hangs in the balance, the power to stop an interstellar war suddenly rests with her — a mission for which she is unprepared and unqualified. If she is to save thousands of lives, Cythera must not only rely on her wits and sensuality, but on a man she never thought she’d see again who has haunted her dreams for seven years.

Athain Kinslayer is a captain in the Calpurnian navy, a star voyager who has given up on personal happiness in pursuit of his duty. His job is to stop a war. The last thing he expects is to have to rely on a sacred courtesan, a woman with whom he spent one unforgettable night seven years ago and has never been able to forget. Together they must undertake a dangerous journey, face unexpected enemies, and delve into the deep and sensual waters of the most hidden rites in order to save their worlds — and find each other.


I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!

Cythera comes out in ebook and paperback on November 1!

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rymenhild
Jul. 23rd, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
Sacred space courtesans are hard -- Firefly tried to do it, but the show's failure to handle Inara with consistent respect is probably the thing about Firefly I most dislike. But between Elza, Bagoas and the cast of Hand of Isis, you've researched and written prostitutes, prostitution, the intersections of sexuality and the sacred, and the power of female (and male and genderqueer) sexuality at a level I haven't seen from any other writer who took up the space courtesan motif. I really look forward to seeing how you do this!
jo_graham
Jul. 23rd, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
It is a tough subject! I hope you think I do well with it.

Cythera is an intriguing character, an attempt to write the pure Aphrodite archetype in a culture that respects her. Elza is in a culture that doesn't respect her, where she has to struggle for any measure of autonomy, much less respect. Charmian's situation is easier, but she's not a courtesan. She serves Cleopatra first and foremost. I wanted to take a look at what the archetype would look like in a culture where it was valued and respected, where the main character is flourishing rather than struggling to survive.
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jo_graham
Jul. 24th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
aishabintjamil
Jul. 24th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Yay! Looking forward to it.
jo_graham
Jul. 24th, 2013 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad it's sold and that it has a good home.
sockich
Jul. 24th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
!!!!! That is awesome!

Seriously, I've been excited about this book since you posted that sneak peek, so this news totally made my day. Can't wait to read it. :D
jo_graham
Jul. 24th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
I'm really delighted! And I'm so glad you're looking forward to it. I think it's good. And I think it's complex too.
heatherlayne_n
Jul. 24th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Will there be only one, or is this the beginning of a series?
jo_graham
Jul. 24th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
So far there's only one. But I have an idea for a sequel! :)
the_prawn
Jul. 24th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! I have recently caught up with all your (non-SGA) books so I am very excited to have 2 more to come this year :D
jo_graham
Jul. 24th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you enjoy my books that much!

There are actually THREE more coming this year: The Emperor's Agent on August 1, Cythera on November 1, and Silver Bullet in late November!
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